Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (published by Simon & Schuster, October 6, 2009)

When Cassie was a little girl, her grandmother told her a fairytale about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Now that Cassie is older, she knows that this was a nice way of saying her mother had died. Cassie lives with her father at an Arctic research station, she is determined to become a scientist, and she has no time for make believe.
Then, on her eighteenth birthday, Cassie comes face to face with a polar bear who speaks to her. He tells her that her mother is alive, imprisoned in the troll castle. And that he can bring her back -- if Cassie will agree to be his bride.
That is the beginning of Cassie's own real-life fairytale, one that sends her on an unbelievable journey across the brutal Arctic, through the Canadian boreal forest, and on the back of the North Wind to the land east of the sun and west of the moon. Before it is over, the world she knew will be swept away, and everything she holds dear will be taken from her -- until she discovers the true meaning of love and family in the magical realm of ICE.


This book sounds really great! I love fairy tale retellings and I can't wait to read this one.

4 comments:

prophecygirl said...

Wow, I love the cover! So cool :)

the epic rat said...

What is it about polar bears that makes everything that much cooler? It reminds me a little of The Golden Compass cover and East, but with its own uniqueness.

Kristen said...

This reminds me of Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George. Which is a great book - you should read it if you haven't.

21 said...

Ooh, that sounds amazing! It combines two of my favorite things, retellings of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and glaciology! Another good retteling of this story is East by Edith Pattou, I love that book.
I love the cover of Ice too. Her expression is a too simpery for my taste, kinda reminiscent of cheep romance novels, but the contrast of her red hair and the blue ice is really eye catching and the artwork is supreme.

 
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